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Lord Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1DB
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Aynsley Lister: Eyes Wide Open Tour

Award-winning blues-rock aficionado Aynsley Lister continues his* ‘Eyes Wide Open Tour’* following the release of his eighth studio album on Straight Talkin’ Records.

Aynsley’s previous opus, 2013’s* ‘Home’* garnered the guitar ace* Songwriter of the Year* at the Britsh Blues Awards. The new album is a bold, confident and accessible slice of contemporary blues-rock that promises to bring Aynsley yet more accolades as well as introduce his genre-blending sound to a new audience, building on the 100,000 albums he’s already sold worldwide.

Peter Green, Albert King and Eric Clapton were the musical giants influencing the young ears of Aynsley Lister while he was growing up. Building on this foundaton, Aynsley has crated his own unique perspectve on contemporary blues since he first formed a band aged 13 and released his self-ttled debut in 1998 on Ruf Records.

It’s been a fantastc journey so far that has seen Aynsley play with, amongst others, Buddy Guy, John Mayall and Lynyrd Skynyrd. He’s won multiple awards including Guitarist of the Year at the 2015 * British Blues Awards* and was nominated in the Guitarist and Male Vocal categories in the 2016 British Blues Awards.

Eyes Wide Open sees Aynsley confidently pursuing his own musical path. Self-assured, inventive and richly textured, he brings his 18 years of hard touring, 11 album releases (eight studio and three live) and all his experience as a musician to fruition. Eyes Wide Open also displays Aynsley’s exquisite taste that means he always plays for the song, bringing the blues to everyone.

“An absolute masterclass in art of guitar playing with immense touch, technique and tone.”Nigel Foster

“Superb”The Times

“His guitar playing is a fire hazard”MOJO

“Aynsley is one of my favourite guitarists. He combines a natural bluesy feel with rock and even pop sensibilities; playing always for the song and with the perfect balance of melody and technical chops.” – **Neville Marten, Guitar Techniques

Sat 15 Dec

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Cork Jackets and Drill

The Great Lifeboat Disaster of 1886 – Back by Popular demand!

Cork, Jackets and Drill tells the story , through original songs and narration of the 1886 Southport lifeboat disaster, which claimed the lives of almost all the crew members of the Southport and St Anne’s lifeboats. The impoverished fishermen of Southport, Lytham and St Anne’s bravely attempted to save the crew of the German ship Mexico which came into distress off the Southport sands.

The songs and script are by Southport-based playwright Len Pentin, whose work has been performed at Liverpool’s top theatres, BBC Radio Merseyside and the London fringe.

Performed by Chris Nelson, Siobhan Nelson, Len Pentin, Clive Pownceby, Pete Rimmer, Colin Wayte and Mike Huddart

Please join us for our free talk in the galleries at 6pm; Shipwrecks off the Southport Coast

Cork Jackets and Drills website

Fri 14 Dec


Dear Santa

Dear Santa

Santa is determined to deliver the most fantastic Christmas present to Sarah, but he'll need help from his cheeky Elf before he can settle on the perfect gift. Ideal for children aged 2–7. Based on Rod Campbell's children's book.

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Founded by William Atkinson in the late 1800s. the Atkinson has been open in its current format, since May 2013. The venue comprises a theatre, studio, cafe, shop, exhibition spaces, library and a museum.

The Atkinson is dedicated to providing a good-quality programme of events ranging from permanent and temporary displays, to community events, and aim to work closely with their audience to continue to bring what they want to see.

Southport train station is three minutes away and there are three accessible park and ride services as well as a number of on and off-road car parking facilities.

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